How to Get Rid of Bad Dog Breath
Your dog’s mouth is its most used way of connecting to the world. They lick, chew, and carry things of all types and variety, many of which we’d rather they not. And quite often this frequently used multi-tool of theirs also comes with a smelly negative: bad dog breath.
But your dog’s breath smelling bad is likely more than just a not-so-pleasant odor. There’s a very good chance that your dog is suffering from a health issue, and given the importance your dog’s mouth serves, it’s time to address it!
What Causes Bad Dog Breath?
A healthy mouth is an absolute necessity for every dog. Unfortunately, 50-80% of dogs suffer from periodontal disease, something which is also common in humans. A symptom of this affliction is bad breath.
Dog periodontal disease begins when food particles are left behind on their teeth following eating. When they remain, bacteria then begins to grow which eventually forms plaque and tartar.
These buildups cause your dog’s gums to recede, loosening the teeth. Left untreated, root sockets will begin to show which causes infections that can eventually lead to serious health risks for your dog like kidney, liver, and heart disease.
Signs of Periodontal Disease in Dogs
- bad breath
- change in eating habits
- oral bleeding
- excessive drooling
- inflammation around mouth
- swelling around eyes
- excessive sneezing
- runny nose
- pawing at mouth
- tender around mouth
Bad Dog Breath Remedies
Fortunately, remedies for bad dog breath are simple and easy to keep up with for both you and your dog.
Ditch Soft Food: As we talked about earlier in the article, a root cause of bad dog breath (and periodontal disease) is leftover food particles on their teeth. This is much more of a problem if your dog is eating soft, canned food. Switch to dry, crunchy food which will leave less behind.
Brush Regularly: It might take some time to get your dog used to it, but work up to brushing your dog’s teeth about 3 times per week. Make sure to use toothbrushes and toothpaste specifically made for dogs. They’re formulated and shaped to fit your dog’s needs.
Dental Checkups: If you’ve noticed any symptoms of periodontal disease in your dog, go ahead and schedule a checkup with your vet. Left untreated, it can lead to serious consequences and your pup’s health is something you can’t be too careful with.
With just a bit of effort, you’ll have your dog’s breath smelling fresh and won’t have to worry about potentially serious health issues. Good luck, and be sure to pin this in case you need to watch the video again.